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Corporate Giving – Iowa Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in Wells Fargo's philanthropic goals and objectives. At Wells Fargo, we believe that grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That's why Wells Fargo is actively involved in the communities where we live and work, and why our team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed.
We make grants to all counties in Iowa and the following counties in Western Illinois: Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Peoria, Rock Island, Tazwell, Warren, Woodford and Whiteside.
Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas:

Community Development
Wells Fargo supports the improvement of our local communities through programs that:
  • Create and sustain affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or small farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Provide financial education and promote economic empowerment
  • Help to revitalize low and moderate income communities
Wells Fargo supports organizations that:
  • Promote academic achievement for low to moderate income students
  • Advance teaching through professional development and support
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
Human Services
Wells Fargo supports social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low and moderate income individuals and provide:
  • Basic needs assistance
  • Child care
  • Health services and education
Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following areas:
Arts and Culture
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:
  • Access to cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
  • Educational programs
Community Engagement
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that enhance a community's quality of life through projects involving:
  • Community Beautification
  • Community Education
  • Cultural Diversity
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to create strong environmental practices that:
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Provide environmental education
  • Support the transition to a sustainable environment
Wells Fargo makes contributions to organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, as well as qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.
Organizations must have broad community support and address specific community needs, and must be able to demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability. Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Sports and athletic groups and activities
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.
Grant requests may be submitted and are reviewed throughout the calendar year. All requests are reviewed locally. Please allow 60 days for a response to your request.

For more information, please contact:
Sarabeth McVey Anderson
Community Affairs Rep
Wells Fargo Bank, MAC N8200-02R
666 Walnut St, 2nd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50309-3907
1. How do you define "low- and moderate-income" individuals and families?
“Low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.
2. How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?
Grant applications are reviewed throughout the calendar year. In order to be considered for funding for the current year, applications should be submitted by October 15. You will receive notification of the decision within 60 days of submitting your application.
3. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after submitting an application before calling to check on your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
4. Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?
Please submit your request through our online application.
5. Will someone from Wells Fargo make a site visit to our organization?
Due to the volume of requests we receive, it is not always possible to personally visit each organization. When we do make site visits, they are only to requesting organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations that have previously been funded.
6. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your request is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
7. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.